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Remembering The Fallen at Austintown event

July 24, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday (July 23) a crowd of veterans and Gold Star family members gathered for a ceremony Remembering The Fallen. The event took place at Quaker Steak and Lube where five new flag poles representing each branch of the military were installed and six new benches were dedicated to local fallen heroes.

"Last July the road leading to Quaker Steak and Lube was renamed Patriot Boulevard," said Master of Ceremonies and Township Trustee Ken Carano. "In June we put up the new flag poles and then we installed a sign that says thank you, for all the sacrifices our veterans have made."

Carano praised Quaker Steak and Lube for being so veteran friendly and always willing to take the extra step. He also thanked the two men that spearheaded the Tuesday ceremony and bench dedication. Those two men were Ken Jacubec and Leo Connolly.

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American Legion Post 737 Chaplain John Chittock delivers the invocation at Tuesday's Remembering The Fallen event. He is flanked by fellow Legionaires Dave Hahlen and James Boehmer.

The ceremony opened with the presentation of colors by members of the American Legion Post 737 out of Lake Milton. Post 737 Chaplain John Chittock gave the invocation.

Following the formal dedication of the flag poles at Quaker Steak and Lube's southeast corner, the attention was turned towards six benches that were covered with a black cloth. Each bench was for a local man killed while serving. Family members, or Gold Star families are on hand to honor their loved ones.

The six local men honored with a bench were 2nd Lt. Charles W. Brown, Army, Vietnam; Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark, Army, Iraq; Sgt. Robert M. Carr, Army, Iraq; 2nd Lt. John Terlecky Jr., Army Air Corp, WWII; Sgt. James Prommersberger, U.S.M.C., Vietnam; and HN David L. Eisenbraun, U.S.N., Vietnam.

Each of the six fallen heroes had family members present to accept a plaque and certificate, and who officially unveiled the bench that will remain at Quaker Steak and Lube. The families were honored to have their loved one remembered this way.

"This means so much, that our loved ones are not forgotten," said Gold Star mother Chris Wortman, whose son Sgt. Robert M. Carr lost his life while serving in Iraq. "I still wait for my son to come home, but I know he is here with us today at this ceremony]."

Wortman added, "When you see a veteran, thank them for their service."

Carano closed his speech by saying," No other restaurant or business in our area has anything like this that honors our veterans. Austintown is a veteran's town and this is a phenomenal sight."

 
 

 

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